Summer Institute for STEM Teachers
at the University of Massachusetts
- Monday to Friday, July 23-27,
2007, and Saturdays October 13 and December 1 at UMass Amherst
- Funded by the National
- Sponsored by the STEM
Education Institute and the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing Middle
and High School Science, Math, and Technology Teachers
- $75/day stipends ($525
total), materials, parking, lunches
- 3 graduate credits available
at reduced cost; free PDP's (Professional Development Points)
- Ongoing partnerships with
deals with materials on the scale of nanometers. A nanometer is one-millionth
of a millimeter, or about 10 atomic diameters. Such materials can have
surprising and useful behaviors and properties. Applications of this rapidly
growing field include regenerative medicine, fabrics and construction materials
of unprecedented strength, ultra-high performance computers and data storage,
more efficient solar photovoltaic cells, and much more. Activity in this field
cuts across the traditional disciplinary boundaries, and involves chemistry,
physics, biology, and engineering.
UMass Nanotechnology Summer Institute will explore the basic science and
engineering concepts of this exciting new field, and will illustrate how they
may be integrated into the usual math, science and technology courses in middle
schools and high schools. The content and pedagogy will be aligned with the
Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Framework.
the institute, participants will begin to develop curriculum units for their
own classes. They will complete and implement these in the fall and report on
their progress and results at the two Saturday sessions.
graduate credits will be available for the institute and curriculum unit; the
cost will be $300 plus a $40 registration fee: PDP's will be available at no
process: An application form and additional information is available at www.umassk12.net/nano.
Teachers should also prepare a narrative statement of how they intend to
use the institute materials in their classroom, and include in their
application package a recent resume and a letter of support from their school
principal or superintendent. The application package can be submitted by email,
fax, or US mail. Applications are due April 1, 2007. Late applications will be
accepted on a space available basis.
STEM Ed Institute: www.umassk12.net/stem,
413-545-1908, fax: 413-545-3697
Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing: www.umass.edu/chm